„Don’t care how great you think you are, Mr. Smart – there is always someone who is smarter than you!“, this is my favourite quotation out of the countless songs by Lee „Scratch“ Perry. I am a bit of a fan of the whole work he has done in the last 50 years. Not just as a musician and singer but also as a producer and inventor.
I you want to know more about the life and work of the so called Upsetter I recommend the very detailed biography ‚People Funny Boy‘ by David Katz. Another good book by the same author is ‚Solid Foundation – An Oral History Of Reggae‘. And if this is still not enough knowledge you can read the book ‚DUB‘ by Michael E. Veal wich is a musicological work on Dub music and its influences.
The first time I saw Mr. Perry in concert was 1990 and since that time I don’t miss any show when he was in my town. The last concert was in february 2012 in Berlin.
If you search on YouTube for him you get more results than you can watch on a weekend. Last time I was searching I find this great piece of music. Although it is no Reggae Riddim it is a great song.